Even before India vs Pakistan game began, there was discussion about Rohit Sharma's playing XI, especially choosing Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant. In addition to Karthik's form and Pant's poor performance in T20Is, Harbhajan Singh believed that Karthik's selection for Pakistan was due to Karthik's form.
Harbhajan Singh on the senior batsman’s selection over Rishabh Pant for Pakistan’s encounter in the 2022 Asia Cup:
“Dinesh Karthik can still win matches.”
India’s win over Pakistan in their opening match of the Asia Cup 2022 by five wickets in a thrilling game to get their campaign at the tournament off to a strong start. Hardik Pandya put on a fantastic all-around performance to lead the Men in Blue across the finish line.
However, Rohit Sharma’s starting XI was the topic of conversation even before the game began, particularly his decision to select Dinesh Karthik rather than Rishabh Pant.
After playing some outstanding innings down the order for Royal Challengers Bengaluru during the IPL 2022, Dinesh Karthik, whose career for India appeared to be over, earned a new lease on life. He subsequently got a chance to the India team for the game’s shortest format. He continued his brilliant play for the Men in Blue, securing his position as the designated finisher in the lineup.
According to Harbhajan Singh, Karthik was chosen for the Pakistan game because of his recent performance and the fact that Rishabh Pant has struggled in the shortest format.
Dinesh Karthik, an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman who was called up to the national team following a stellar performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2022, has solidified his position as a finisher.
Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh said that Karthik’s performance and Rishabh Pant’s lacklustre performance in the game’s shortest format were the main reasons the veteran was selected for the starting XI against Pakistan.
Without question, Rishabh Pant has excelled in both Test and One-Day cricket. He has been excellent. But he hasn’t showcased he can play well in this shortest format.Keeping him on the bench in this manner or form serves no purpose. Dinesh Karthik should play now that it is time for him to,Dinesh Karthik’s graph is only moving up. He did a good job. The appropriate choice has been made.
said Harbhajan Singh in an interview.
The former off-spinner also believed that while Karthik’s career ended, Pant still had a lot of cricket left in him.
“Rishabh Pant is still young and has many more years in this career. By smashing lower in the order, he can win lots of games. With Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya batting lower in the order, I believe most of the opposition bowlers will find it challenging.”
Harbhajan Singh said,
“He did a good job. The appropriate choice has been made. Keeping him on the bench in this manner or form serves no purpose. Dinesh Karthik ought to play; he should play.”
While acknowledging that Karthik is in the best shape of his life and that India should take advantage of it, Harbhajan claimed that Pant is a future superstar.
“He can win many games by hitting lower in the order. With Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya batting lower in the order, I believe most opposition bowlers will find it challenging,”
Karthik has stumbled ever since the IPL in 2022. However, he has taken advantage of the chance presented and performed admirably for his squad.